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  1. If by PC you are referring to a Windows computer, then you have just highlighted the difference hare. Mac infections are significantly different, so it becomes mostly a waste of time and resources to be looking in places where it is not possible to initiate an attack. And if it's malware that has never been seen before, there would not be any signature information available to identify it in any case.
  2. Some ISP's block (or were blocking), possibly because they use it for their own testing, even though it's not officially set aside for that purpose. https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/05/att-is-blocking-cloudflares-privacy-focused-dns-calls-it-an-accident/
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    Is Ka-block safe?

    Ka-Block has been around for some time and is one of a only a very few that Apple has approved as a Safari extension to be available from the App Store in the next generation of Safari browsers. I've used it off and on over the years and I've never seen it reported as unsafe. I know of one other such extension, Better, that does not read or transmit content.
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    I seem to recall that was already proposed.
  5. I know it's not possible to update the database without Internet connectivity and I can see from examining the installer that it comes with an empty database, so there is no way to detect anything. The Diagnostic should have given you some clues on what to check. Since other devices on your local network are working fine, then it must be something on your computer. Did you check to see if your DNS settings have been changed? Look at "Troubleshoot Internet connectivity" in this document https://support.malwarebytes.com/docs/DOC-1065.
  6. Certainly doesn't sound like any Mac malware that I know of. It's possible your router has been hacked though. See Troubleshoot an infected or hacked router in https://support.malwarebytes.com/docs/DOC-1296 Just because you are connected by WiFi or Ethernet to your Router does not mean you can connect to the Internet. Could be a bad modem, or your connectivity to your ISP network or some problem that the ISP is having. With WiFI turned on, hold the Option-key (sometimes called "Alt") down while you click on the WiFi menubar icon and select "Open Wireless Diagnostics...". That may give you some clues as to what's gone wrong. Take a look at your modem and see if the lights indicate any problem. Sometimes is as easy to fix as unplugging your modem for 30 seconds or so, plug it back in and wait for the lights to signal your connected. You may need to contact your ISP.
  7. Some applications provide their own Spotlight interpretive files that can be found in /Library/Spotlight/. Apple provides them for iBooksAuthor and iWork. The only other one I have is from Microsoft Office. You may also have more options enabled in System Preferences->Spotlight->Search Results tab. It's likely that one or more of these is still running after 7 hours, which does seem excessive to me, but perhaps your setup is markedly different from mine. If you have slow Internet access then that may also have slowed things down for you if you have enabled choices that require that. But to directly address you question, I'm unaware of any permanent damage or security risk by interupting Spotlight at any time. I've done it frequently with little or no issue. At worst you might have to rebuild the index yet again.
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    upgrading from 1.3.1 to 3.3

    There is no need to keep Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.3.1 installed as it is not needed for any version of MBAM 3.
  9. This forum is for Malware Removal Help and the discussions you are looking for are in the Malwarebytes for Mac Support Forum:
  10. Unlike many anti-malware scanners, MBAM primarily looks in places where malware is known to be downloaded or installed, rather than repeatedly looking at every file on your drive in places where malware has never been known to exist.
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    You have a fake uBlock Origin adware blocker. The real one can be found here https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ublock-origin/cjpalhdlnbpafiamejdnhcphjbkeiagm. I don't know what mischievous behavior occurs with the one you have, but others have been known to spy on your browsing habits, divert you to fake web pages and steal privacy information. If MBAM says it's bad, then it's for good reason and you need to rid yourself of it.
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    That folder ID appears to be associated with this https://www.crx4chrome.com/extensions/pogpkmdlehipcepphjbogapenmkbimpo/
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    This is a very old article, but may explain your situation https://blog.malwarebytes.com/cybercrime/2016/09/imitation-ublock-origin-app-spotted-on-chrome-store/
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    I don't know what that is, but it isn't the same uBlock Origin v1.16.12 that I have had for a very long time now and MBAM doesn't find it to be infected. The folder name of the actual uBlock Origin should be cjpalhdlnbpafiamejdnhcphjbkeiagm. When you click on the three vertical dots at the right end of the address bar and select More Tools->Extensions, then click "Details" on the uBlock Origin, what does it show as the "Source"? If legitimate should read Chrome Web Store.
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    Again, we need to know it's name please.

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